Balancing Val

Qalo Ring Reviews + Unboxing | VIDEO – Soooo . . . I believe I am on my 2nd or 3rd wedding band.  I’ve ruined all the previous ones! Opening a restaurant, hiking and even swimming have led to the demise of my poor rings. Luckily, we’ve decided in the beginning of our marriage that we would not spend a lot on rings until we actually had some type of ceremony when we returned to the mainland. BUT, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to wear SOMETHING on my finger, especially s…


Sharks Cove Snorkeling | North Shore Oahu {video} – Even though this isn’t a Hawaii Bucket List item, it was still fun to pack a lunch and head out to a beautiful place to see beautiful things.  Mike and I went to Sharks Cove on the north shore of Oahu.  Mike got the footage underwater using one of those waterproof bag type cases for the the iphone. We’re looking forward to hitting up our next beach! Sharks Cove Snorkeling The post Sharks Cove Snorkeling | North Shore O…

Big Island Vacation Ep 2 | Kilauea Helicopter Tour | Green + Black Sand Beaches

Big Island Vacation Ep.1 | Royal Kona Resort + Kona – We’re officially home from our massive one month trip starting in Miami, and hitting 7 major cities. On the tail end of our trip, we decided to FINALLY visit another island for a little vacation for ourselves and we’re so glad we did. These next 3 travel vlogs are footage from our stay on the big island, Hawaii. We stayed at the Royal Kona Resort which was absolutely amazing despite all of the scary trip advisor revi…

Scare Cam 2015 | Val + The Gator – Hey all! We’re having a great time on our road trip this summer! I’ve been getting as much footage as I can remember to get, but unfortunately, I broke my vlogging camera during the fireworks on Fourth of July.  Before I get a new one, I need a new laptop and to pay off this road trip so it may be that I use my new iphone for vlogging for a while. When we get back to Hawaii, I will work on editing all of the road trip footage, but for …

{video} Pillbox Hike + Cinnamons | Hawaii Bucket List – This Saturday we knocked out TWO of our Hawaii Bucket List items in one morning! We got up at 4am on Mike’s only day to sleep in and did the pillbox hike over Lanikai beach to see the sunrise.  Also followed by our trip to Cinnamon’s for breakfast with Bryt and her family. Enjoy the antics!

Body Lessons | Opening A Restaurant – I may have said this a million times already, but here is a snapshot of my life in case this post doesn’t make sense. Feel free to skip over it . . . I am a natural foods chef who graduated culinary school in NYC and left her life behind on the east coast to move to Hawaii without any help to see what I was made of. I crafted my career by staying open minded and hustling at various jobs all the while working on who I am as a person….

    • Ayla: My easiest dinner recipe? PB + banana sandwich. Takes 2 minutes which makes me a very happy girl.
    • kristisn: Yum! That looks like a great dinner.
    • Kate D: After two scarring experiences stuck in big city rush hour traffic (facing the wrong direction) while on vacation with my parents I totally understand

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